TOMAHAWK - You won't see it on your calendar, but clearly pothole season is here... In Tomahawk the city is even warning drivers to travel at their own risk.
Signs are posted at 4th street and Birchwood near Veterans Memorial bridge. This stretch of pavement has been patched again and again, but the weather keeps it jarring vehicles.
"We've been cold-patching on it, once or twice a week but, in these weather conditions with the freeze thaw, we just can't keep the patching material in there with the volume of traffic that we have on this street," said Mike Tolvstad the Tomahawk Public Works Director.
To make matters worse, 4th street used to be Highway 51. The old concrete under the busted overlay is broken down as well. It's due for reconstruction, but that depends on grants from the state. In the meantime, drivers beware: If you're vehicle gets damaged, don't expect the city to fix it.
"They're always able to take and file a claim, but because of the fact that now there's an alternate route that's just as fast as 4th street, and 4th street's posted and everybody knows how bad it is, probably the chances of getting anything out of a claim are probably pretty slim," said Tolvstad.
Other bumpy spots are Tomahawk avenue by the railroad tracks and towards the bridge on Highway 86. Wisconsin Ave downtown might shake your undercarriage as well.
Future Wisconsin Project wants to bring more workers, manufacturers to Wisconsin
RHINELANDER - The Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce group held a seminar at Nicolet College in Rhinelander Tuesday, to plan how to make Wisconsin more attractive to skilled workers and manufacturing businesses.
WMC's president believes the shortage in younger people in the industry has to do with two big misconceptions about manufacturing.
"The younger kids, as do their parents, have a perception on what manufacturing looks like and it's about 40 years out of date. If you're in an advanced manufacturing facility now, it's clean, it's high-tech, the engineers and technicians are working together," said Jim Morgan."We have a perception problem. I think we still have a definition of success that's says unless you have a four-year degree, you're not successful."
Morgan says groups like WMC work to change that perception. He believes workers with a two-year degree are just as successful in the industry.
So far, WMC held seminars at nine other technical colleges. For Rhinelander, more manufacturers could mean more economic independence.
"The Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce is looking to see how it can help and partner with local manufacturers to make the Rhinelander area a more favorable place for them to locate their businesses, as well as to attract and retain skilled workers to make those businesses successful," said Dana DeMet, Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce director.
Over the next six months, WMC will continue to look for ways to attract more workers and businesses to the state.
In December, it hopes to have 1000 representatives for a meeting in Milwaukee focusing on how manufacturing will benefit the state.
WMC also works with the University of Wisconsin system and the Wisconsin Technical Colleges.
LAC DU FLAMBEAU - Ruby's pantry opened their doors Tuesday in Lac du Flambeau. This is the first time the Ruby's pantry has set up shop there. They decided to come to Lac du Flambeau because of the good turnout in Rhinelander. The food pantry asks that people give a $20 donation.
“It's not your typical food pantry,” says Gloria Cobb, Ruby's Pantry Lac du Flambeau Lead Coordinator. “This is an opportunity to give people dignity, to serve with dignity, and it's a donation base.”
“I mean look at the hustle and bustle going on we've got the community coming together not only Lac du Flambeau but the surrounding community coming together to meet a very basic need and that's to help with hunger,” says Cobb.
The pantry offered items like strawberries, cake mix, and toilet paper. More than 400 people were expected to show up.
“A participant will go through the line with a laundry basket and or box and they will be offered items,” says Cobb. “They can refuse them however we will encourage them to take the item because somebody else that they may know may have a need.”
“They get a certain amount of each item and they go through the line like an assembly line,” says Cobb.
The pantry had more than 21,000 pounds of food to give away.
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